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UNDOING TRUMP-ERA ENVIRONMENTAL ROLLBACKS

We reviewed 50 of the most impactful Trump rollbacks that continue to cause significant harm to wildlife, public lands, and undermine our ability to address pollution or stem the climate crisis.

CategoryTrump Attacks on EnvironmentStatus
ClimateWeakened EPA limits on methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operationsReversed by Congress
ClimateWeakened the cost-benefit analyses under Clean Air Act to make it harder to address GHG pollutionReversed by Biden
ClimateEliminated considerations of the “Social Cost of Carbon” in environmental reviewsReversed by Biden
ClimateWeakened greenhouse gas standards for cars and SUVsReversed by Biden
ClimateEnacted do-nothing greenhouse gas standards for airplanesSupporting Trump Position
ClimateCurtailed categories of industrial polluters subject to GHG regulations.Reversed by Biden
ClimateApproved continued operation of the Dakota Access PipelineSupporting Trump Position
ClimateApproved the Willow Project to drill for and gas in the Alaska Petroleum ReserveReversed by the Courts
ClimateApproved the Line 3 Pipeline in MinnesotaSupporting Trump Position
PesticidesWeakened protections for farmworkers under the Farmworker Protection StandardReversed by the Courts
PesticidesRescinded proposed ban on neurotoxic pesticide ChlorpyrifosReversed by Biden
PesticidesWeakened human health and safety standards for all pyrethroid pesticidesNot Started
PesticidesApproved use of previously-banned pesticide Aldicarb in FloridaReversed by the Courts
PesticidesExpanded the use of medical antibiotics on citrus agricultural cropsSupporting Trump Position
PesticidesIncreased legal limit for Atrazine pollution in rivers and streamsSupporting Trump Position
PesticidesWeakened protections for endangered species from all pesticidesSupporting Trump Position
PesticidesApproved continued use of Dicamba pesticide for next five yearsSupporting Trump Position
PesticidesExpanded the use of pesticides on National Wildlife Refuge landsSupporting Trump Position
PollutionWeakened safeguards for major sources of hazardous air pollutionNot Started
PollutionGutted the limits for mercury air pollution from industrial facilities and power plantsStarted
PollutionExempted factory farms from pollution-reporting requirementsNot Started
PollutionRestricted the EPA’s use of health data through the “Secret Science Rule”Reversed by Biden
PollutionDismantled protections for wetlands nationwide under the Clean Water ActReversed by Biden
PollutionIncreased speed of slaughterhouse lines in meat productionReversed by Biden
PollutionIncreased toxic discharges into lakes and rivers from power plantsStarted
PollutionCurtailed when groundwater pollution is regulated under the Clean Water ActReversed by Biden
Public LandsEliminated methane pollution limits from oil and gas operations on BLM landsStarted
Public LandsScrapped EPA efforts to prevent mining operations from becoming Superfund sitesNot Started
Public LandsDismantled Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National MonumentReversed by Biden
Public LandsApproved the Twin Metals mining proposal in MinnesotaStarted
Public LandsWeakened the Tongass National Forest Roadless RuleReversed by Biden
Public LandsApproved copper mine at Oak Flat sacred area on San Carlos Apache lands in ArizonaStarted
Public LandsApproved Rosemont Copper mine in Santa Rita Mountains of ArizonaSupporting Trump Position
Public LandsWeakened all regulatory safeguards under the National Environmental Policy ActStarted
Public LandsApproved a new road easement through Izembek National Wildlife RefugeSupporting Trump Position
Public LandsApproved construction of a four-lane highway through Red Cliffs National Conservation AreaNot Started
WildlifeDismantled protections for all migratory birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty ActReversed by Biden
WildlifeLifted restrictions on the import of elephant and lion hunting trophyStarted
WildlifeExpanded bear hunting in Kenai National Wildlife RefugeNot Started
WildlifeRescinded the Endangered Species Act 4(d) Protections for “Threatened” speciesNot Started
WildlifeWeakened process for listing species and designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species ActNot Started
WildlifeWeakened the interagency consultation process under the Endangered Species ActNot Started
WildlifePrevented Fish and Wildlife Service from taking enforcement actions to protect endangered speciesNot Started
WildlifeChanged regulations to allow industry and states to veto critical habitat designationsReversed by Biden
WildlifeEliminated fishing restrictions in Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.Reversed by Biden
WildlifeReversed a ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife refugesStarted
WildlifeIncreased killing of bears and wolves inside National Preserves in AlaskaStarted
WildlifeEnded federal protections for gray wolf nationwideSupporting Trump Position
WildlifeGutted habitat protections for greater sage grouse on national forest and BLM lands.Started
WildlifeDelayed protections for the monarch butterfly under the Endangered Species ActSupporting Trump Position

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